CTC of Greater Downingtown Announces 2022 ATOD Youth Video Contest Winners

2022 CTC Video Contest Winner2022 Winners of the 2nd annual CTC prevention video contest. (Submitted Image)

DOWNINGTOWN, PA β€” Communities that Care of Greater Downingtown (CTC) recently announced its 2nd annual alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) prevention youth video contest winners. All 7th – 12th grade youth who live in the Downingtown Area School District were invited to create a motivational video message to encourage others in their community to make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid using drugs & alcohol.

Holland Neff, a seventh grader from Lionville Middle School, won first prize in the video contest for his dynamic video which highlighted his active participation in sports as his motivation to not use drugs or alcohol. The second place winners, Rishab Jain and Ishaan Baheti, tenth & ninth graders from Downingtown STEM Academy, co-created a video that showcased their motivation to not give in to peer pressure when it comes to using drugs and alcohol. Finally, CTC had a tie for its third-place category. Shannon Shih, an eleventh grader at Downingtown STEM Academy, discussed how her love of cooking has been a driving influence in her choosing to live a drug and alcohol-free life. Chloe Shih, a ninth grader at Downingtown STEM Academy, highlighted her artistic talent as her motivation to live a drug and alcohol-free lifestyle.

The video contest winners will each receive a cash prize, ranging up to $250.00, and will be featured on CTC of Greater Downingtown’s social media channels. To view the winning videos, visit their YouTube channel.

CTC of Greater Downingtown knows that most youths do not use drugs and alcohol and they wish to celebrate that through this video contest. The Downingtown Area School District Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) data supports this statement as 85.6% of DASD youth said that they had not used alcohol in the past 30 days and 90.1% said that they had not used marijuana in the past 30 days (PAYS 2021).

Communities That Care of Greater Downingtown (CTC) is a coalition of organizations, businesses, schools, faith communities, law enforcement, and healthcare providers using evidence-based prevention programs and policies to foster positive mental health and youth development. Through a Collective Impact Approach, CTC helps communities identify and implement changes that can help students be successful at school, at home, and in the community. CTC’s mission is to empower youth to make positive choices to reach their full potential. Learn more: www.dtownctc.org.

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